Changes to Terms of Approval
SCOPE OF THIS CHAPTER
This chapter deals with, changes to a foster carer's terms of approval, and emergency placements of a child with a foster carer outside the terms of their approval for up to 6 working days.
This is a separate issue from an exemption to the usual number of children in a foster home – see Exemptions to the Usual Fostering Limit Procedure.
There may be occasions where the placement of a child will involve both changes to terms of approval / emergency placement for up to 6 working days and an extension beyond the usual number of children.
AMEMDMENTThis chapter was updated throughout in February 2016, and should be re-read. Section 2, Immediate amendments to foster carer's terms of approval and Section 3, Changes to Foster Carers Terms ofApproval Through the Review Process have been added.
|1.||The terms of approval for a foster carer are determined at the point of their approval i.e. via a recommendation of the Fostering Panel and subsequently by the Agency Decision Maker.|
|2.||Good practice suggests that any changes in the terms of a foster carer's approval should only be considered at the time of the foster carer's review and agreed at Fostering Panel;|
|3.||However, there are occasions when it may be appropriate to consider temporary, short term changes in their terms of approval to accommodate children with specific needs. This change in terms of approval must be agreed by a Team Manager in the Fostering Teams.|
2. Immediate Amendments to Foster Carer's Terms of Approval
|2.1||Please note that for the first 6 working days of a placement made in an emergency the carers terms of approval do not need to be amended, but if it is to be longer than this, their agreement in writing must be obtained during this period and their terms of approval amended.|
If it is determined by a team manager that it is necessary and appropriate for a carer's terms of approval to be amended immediately, and the foster carer is in agreement, then the process is as follows:
3. Changes to Foster Carers Terms of Approval through the Review Process
|3.1||If a foster carer review is undertaken which recommends an amendment to a foster carer's terms of approval, they will give explicit consent to this by signing the final review report.|
If the carer does not agree with the recommendation to change the terms of approval then they must make this clear at the end of the IRO's report and they must sign it. The form has been amended to include a new box:"Do you agree with the contents and recommendations of this report. If you do not please clearly state what you do not agree with and the reasons."
If the carer agrees to the proposed changes to the terms of approval, then the review report will be considered at the fostering panel or the review meeting.
If the carer does not agree with the proposed changes then it must go to fostering panel.
If the recommendation of the Fostering Panel and the decision of the ADM is that the carer's terms of approval are amended, and the carer has given agreement to this, then no qualifying determination is required and a letter with an amended notice of their terms of approval is sent to the carer.If the recommendation of the Fostering Panel and the decision of the ADM is that the carer's terms of approval are amended, but the carer has not given agreement to this, then a qualifying determination is sent to the carers. They then have the right to follow the usual appeals procedures